MEET THE TEAM

Theresa Racicot – Coach

Theresa Racicot
  • Co-Founder & Director of Badassery
  • American Council on Exercise certified Personal Trainer
  • Certified Functional Strength Coach
  • Precision Nutrition-Level 1 Certified Coach
  • Girls Gone Strong-Woman’s Coaching Specialist
  • Functional Range Conditioning & Functional Range Assessment Certified Instructor
  • 200hr Registered Yoga Teacher with YogaFit
  • CPR, AED and First Aid Certified
  • 18+ years as a Trainer and Coach
  • Pronouns: She/They
  • Favorite Dance Move: The Running Man

I fell in love with fitness 20 years ago. It began with me sweating it out in my living room to my mother’s VHS tapes, which inspired me to find and then eventually become a trainer at a small fitness studio.

That was almost 20 years ago!

At around the same time I also found circus arts: beginning with flying trapeze, then other aerial arts and partner acrobatics.

Circus arts was a great outlet for many of my loves: theater, dance and moving my body in different ways. It challenged me in many ways: my strength, my trust in myself and others and overcoming limiting thoughts I had about myself.

I knew I wanted to become a personal trainer and fitness educator two years after into the fitness journey myself. I had the chance meeting a woman who owned her own fitness gym and she invited me to become part of the team. She mentored me to become a personal trainer and pursue Pilates and Yoga certifications. I look back of those early days of 2002 with fond memories.

I love being a coach. I love working with people and seeing where their fitness journey takes them. I love watching people find love of and with their body and all the amazing stuff it can do!

I am excited to hear about your journey thus far and to see where you can go with a little guidance.

Mike Denton – Coach

Mike Denton
  • Co-Founder & Director of Absurdity
  • Bachelor of Physical & Health Education
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist from NSCA
  • Certified Functional Strength Coach
  • Precision Nutrition-Level 1 Certified Coach
  • Functional Range Conditioning & Functional Range Assessment Certified Instructor
  • CPR, AED and First Aid Certified
  • 20+ years as a Trainer, Coach & Physical Educator
  • Pronouns: He/Him-ish
  • Favorite Dance Move: The Moonwalk

If I’m honest, I knew I wanted to be a coach and a teacher as early as the tenth grade. It was my phys. ed. teacher, Mr Nuttall who inspired me. He was raw and edgy and really all out of f**ks to give. And he made a skinny little teenager (me) feel welcome and capable.

Around the same time, my mom gave me a bench and a set of weights for Christmas. So I began lifting weights in my basement and had no idea how much the experience would impact me. I’ve never been the biggest or the strongest (or frankly, the most manly), but getting physically stronger changed me.

Something about the combination of Mr Nuttall actually giving a sh*t and my own experiences with lifting left me feeling determined to help others like me to feel more at home with exercise so that they could find the sense of strength and confidence that comes with it.

And while I take my mission to help as many people to get fit and find their inner badass very seriously, I was raised with British grandparents who warped my mind by exposing me to British humor from a very young age…so suffice it to say I have an appreciation for silliness.

Michaela Watts – Front Desk Associate/Member Cheerleader

  • Pop Pilates Instructor
  • Angelic Healing Practitioner
  • Tarot Fundamentals Certified
  • Currently Studying Spiritual Psychology
  • Pronouns: She/Her
  • Favorite Dance Move: Shuffle

All my life my biggest goal has been to help people become the best version of themselves. Growing up, I struggled a lot with depression, anxiety, and self-hate. This prompted me to go on a personal self-loving journey to find myself and my purpose. I gravitated towards different books, classes/programs, remedies, conventions, etc. Whatever it was, you name it, I tried it!

To be honest, a lot of it worked and most of it didn’t. It took a while to find a system that worked for me. Now I can confidently say “Hey self, I love you!” without it feeling like a big fat lie. Part of the success I’ve felt came from healing not just my mind, soul, and emotions, but my physical body as well which is just as important!

I practiced Pilates in my room for years, watching video after video..until one day I realized working out just wasn’t as much fun alone than with others. As humans we work better together! So I booked a plane ticket and got POP Pilates certified because I thought, hey why not teach some classes too? Along with my spiritual readings/healings. That’s what brought me here today to assist others on what I have learned on my journey through this beautiful thing we call life.

Hector the Wonderdog – Gym Dog

Hector the Wonderdog
  • Gym Mascot
  • Pronouns: He/Him/His
  • Favorite Dance Move: The Rodeo-Tail-Chase
  • Favorite Exercise: The zoomies!!!
  • Favorite Skill: Sit Pretty (ask me to show you)

I watch my humans do their fitness thing all the time so I’ve learned a thing or two and I’m great at encouragement. I’ll be around the gym as well, helping to cheer you on while you’re working out.

I love to give kisses and if you let me, I’ll lick the sweat off you post workout.

I know a few skills like sit, paw, down (short for lie down) and sit pretty. I have an auto-immune disease so I can’t have treats for my skills, but if you want to give me something for my demonstrations, my parents have the treats I can eat.

I can’t wait for us to be friends.

Ok, Hector sold me on trying you out. I’ll book a strategy session with you to talk about my fitness goals and get started.